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If I have adult type II diabetes, am i at risk of catching shingles from being around an individual who has an active case of shingles?

If I have  adult type II diabetes, am i at risk of catching shingles from being around an individual who has an active case of shingles?

Unlikely: As long as you had chickenpox as child , you are not susceptible to getting it again. [ but a child/adult who has not had chickenpox could get if exposed to the liquid within the vesciles of a patient with shingles. Shingles is the adult recrudescence of varicella virus that has been dormant in ones nerve root since childhood. Comes out in some, when older, for unclear reasons. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Type 1 diabetes and shingles should I be concerned...Because I have both?

Type 1 diabetes and shingles should I be 
concerned...Because  I have both?

Not particularly : Shingles is a self-limited disease although early treatment can assist healing. In the elderly postherpetic neuralgia can be a complication. Diabetes doesn't make shingles worse. ...Read more

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I have itchy bumps for 5 weeks ...I don't know what it is. I don't have diabetes, I've had shingles a year ago...Not sure if its scabies or bug bites.

I have itchy bumps for 5 weeks ...I don't know what it is. I don't have diabetes, I've had shingles a year ago...Not sure if its scabies or bug bites.

Have it evaluated.: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What s shingles its cause by a particular food eaten.What do I run away from.What drugs doct?

Shingles: Shingles is reactivation of the varicella virus. You can only get it if you had chicken pox in the past. ...Read more

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Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Yes but rare: Depending on the severity of the shingles (zoster) and risk factors, your doctor may decide to investigate for underlying systemic conditions associated with an immunocomprised state. ...Read more

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I had shingles at 28. Can I have them again, i'm in my 50's.?

Shingles ?: Yes , the virus is in u body and i advise u to take vaccine for it. ...Read more

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Who gets shingles?

Who gets shingles?

Anyone : It is usually a reoccurrence of the chicken pox virus --- more common in the elderly. ...Read more

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Is shingles painful?

Absolutely!: If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have phn. Also, the older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. Don't accept that it will just "go away.". ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more